For the first time in its history the F1 defined the starting grid of a Great Premio through a sprint race. And the one who will go down in history as the first driver to achieve pole position in this way is the Dutchman. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), which prevailed in the 17 lap test carried out in Silverstone in the framework of British GP.
Verstappen, who had finished second in the standings, moved to the front of the pack at the start. He left the English behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), precisely his rival in the fight for the crown.
Once in first place, the Red Bull driver maintained a great pace that was impossible for his opponent to follow. With the triumph achieved in this singular competition over 100 kilometers Verstappen added three points and extended to 33 points his advantage at the head of the tournament thanks to the two that Hamilton achieved.
The top trio was completed by the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who won the last unit in play in the sprint. The Top 5 was completed by the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and English Lando Norris (McLaren).
One of those who took advantage of to achieve a good starting position was the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who after qualifying eleventh finished seventh. The two-time champion was fifth, but could not contain Norris and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).
The other side of the coin was the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who spun that relegated him to the single file. On the end he left and that is why he will start the GP from last place.
The Grand Prix of Great Britain will be held on Sunday from 11am in Argentina.
RACE SPRINT GRAND PRIZE OF GREAT BRITAIN 2021
|POS.||PILOT||CAR||VTAS||TIME / DIF.||PTS|
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||17||25:38.426||3|
|8||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||17||+44.439s||0|
|13||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||17||+50.677s||0|
|14||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||17||+52.179s||0|
|15||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||17||+53.225s||0|
|20||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||16||DNF||0|
AVERAGE: 234,036 km / h. (*) Penalized with three positions per touch to Carlos Sainz. He will start 12th on Sunday.